They must not have gotten around to giving it to him before he dropped dead.
Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan tweets
Pres Calderon entrego el Aguila Azteca a la viuda del Senador T. Kennedy por sus invaluables contribuciones a derechos de los inmigranteswhich means that the visiting President held a medal ceremony with Kennedy`s widow. The AP, writing in English, says
The late Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy has been awarded Mexico`s highest honor for his lifelong support of immigrants and Mexican-Americans.It`s nonsensical to call the "Order of the Aztec Eagle" Mexico`s highest honor—if it were Mexico`s highest honor, they wouldn`t give it to foreigners at all.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon (fay-LEE`-pay kahl-duh-ROHN`) on Thursday presented the Order of the Aztec Eagle to Kennedy`s widow, Vicki, in Washington, D.C. Late Mass. US Sen. Kennedy gets Mexican high honor, May 20, 2010
In fact, it`s a medal only given to foreigners—Mexico`s actual highest honor, the Belisario Dom?nguez Medal of Honor is only ever given to Mexicans.
During the ceremony, Senator John Kerry was quoted as saying that
Kennedy`s work as a champion of immigrants made it possible for many Mexican-Americans and others to find new homes in the United States.That`s certainly one way of putting it.